2023 Convention

2023 Convention Update

Now is the time to submit your critical essay, creative work, Common Reader papers, roundtable presentations, and Research in the Round table host requests. The final deadline for all convention submissions is October 31, 2022, 5:00 p.m. CDT.

Plan ahead! The Sigma Tau Delta 2023 Convention will be held March 29 – April 1, 2023, at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel in Denver, CO. Every spring, Sigma Tau Delta holds its annual international convention, a unique event that allows hundreds of members and Chapter Advisors from around the United States and beyond to gather in one locale, share experiences and expertise, be recognized for their achievements, and participate in the official proceedings of the Society. The convention also provides opportunities to discover new ideas in English and English-related disciplines, while interacting with speakers, presenters, and texts that members might not otherwise encounter.

Academic Submissions

Submissions are now being accepted for critical and creative papers, roundtable presentations, and Research in the Round. Eligible students include: Sigma Tau Delta active members in good standing, Sigma Kappa Delta members, and Transfer Students as Provisional Members of Sigma Tau Delta. These members may submit the following:

Submissions also are accepted from alumni members, those who are members of Sigma Tau Delta who have an undergraduate degree and are not currently pursuing an advanced degree in English or a related field at a school with an active Sigma Tau Delta chapter. Alumni may submit the following:

Submissions will be accepted through the Academic Submissions Login Page, which will be posted through October 31, 2022, 5:00 p.m. CDT. Be sure to set up your account with an email address you will retain through April 2023.

Common Reader and Author Spotlight

While planning both your convention submissions and chapter activities for the year, please consider engaging with our Common Reader and Author Spotlight.

2023 Common Reader

The Denver 2023 Convention features Brenda Peynado’s wonderful short story collection The Rock Eaters. While these stories could be described as colorful, they can also be exhilarating, thought-provoking, and, at times, terrifying. They are best read with a buddy, so please persuade your friends to read The Rock Eaters and to chat about them with you in your chapters and in “Colorful Colorado.”

The Rock Eaters is a collection of short stories that are perfect for discussion at chapter meetings throughout the year. Each story allows for discussion of particular themes, settings, and topics to spark conversation between two friends, or discussions in large groups of readers. Sigma Tau Delta convention attendees will have opportunities to share their readings of the text with new friends. Most special of all will be the opportunity for us to meet with Brenda Peynado! Not only will we have the privilege of hearing her read her work, in her own voice, but we will be able to discuss her work in a special session with the author, allowing the author and the readers to share colorful observations of these precious gems of stories.

Author Spotlight: Toni Morrison

For the 2023 Convention in Denver, we are having an Author Spotlight as well as the traditional Common Reader. The 2023 Author Spotlight is American novelist Toni Morrison (1931-2019). To celebrate our inaugural Author Spotlight Sigma Tau Delta will be featuring the authors of The Toni Morrison Book Club, Juda Bennett, Winnifred Brown-Glaude, Cassandra Jackson, and Piper Kendrix Williams, at the 2023 Convention. All colleagues of 2023 Convention Chair Diane Steinberg at The College of New Jersey, the authors are coming to convention to talk about their book and their book club experience. TMBC doesn’t exactly have a clearly obvious genre. Part memoir, part literary criticism, part personal anecdote: its four authors spent months and then years reading Morrison’s novels together and writing about how their Morrison book club changed their understandings of their own academic careers and lives.

Members and chapters can engage with our Common Reader and Author Spotlight in two additional ways:

1. Submit a Paper

Critical Papers about The Rock Eaters and Morrison’s novels are eligible for special Common Reader and Author Spotlight paper awards, as are creative works inspired by Peynado’s book and Morrison’s life and work. Students writing about the Common Reader must include an explanatory description of fewer than 100 words that clarifies the connection between your own work and the Common Reader and those writing about Toni Morrison’s fiction must select “Toni Morrison” as their Author Keyword to be considered for Author Spotlight convention paper awards.

2. Host an Event

Chapters are encouraged to have both Author Spotlight and Common Reader events. Chapters may ask their Regents for $100 in support of that each event as part of the Regents’ Common Reader Awards. Please note that chapters are eligible to request funds for BOTH a Common Reader event AND an Author Spotlight event.

More information will be coming soon. Questions? Please contact englishconvention@niu.edu.

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